Captain's Log
11 September 2008

Underway Again

Ahoy Shipmates, Sunrise this morning found YOUNG ENDEAVOUR 10nm to the south east of Holloway Point (northern point of Flinders Island) still under a reduced sail plan but making good 5kts. At 0750 all sail was handed in and the ship came safely to anchor at her planned anchorage at Foochow Beach, which is located on the north eastern side of Flinders Island, were we planned to remain for the next 24hrs. Following morning brief in which I praised the YC for battling through the past 24hrs, everyone turned to at cleaning stations (Happy Hour) and set about returning the ship to its normal high standard of cleanliness. Late morning saw us conduct the first set of hotly contested rope races which was followed by a very informative navigation lecture given by the ships Navigation Officer and resident Surf Lifesaver ���Jordo’. Following lunch and a personnel reconnaissance trip into Foochow Beach I decided that due to a nasty shore break caused by the previous 24 hours of bad weather it was to dangerous to conduct boat operations onto the beach. On my return to the ship I broke this news to the YC, who given the circumstances fully understood and agreed with my decision. Given that we could no longer put the YC ashore I decided to weigh anchor and press on with the training program while making ground to our next anchorage at Deal Island, which is situated in the Kent Group of islands and is located 40nm to the north west of Finders Island and a very good anchorage in these conditions. During our passage to Deal Island the YC conducted a very good set of rotational tacks and overnight will continue to consolidate their newly found navigation and mariner skills.Tomorrow morning we will anchor at the spectacular Deal Island were everyone will be given the opportunity to get ashore and enjoy a much needed leg stretch.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


39° 33' South / 147° 56' East


Currently to the NW of Outer Sister Island sailing under fore and aft sails and experiencing moderate SW winds with a 1.5m swell